Matriculation

Matriculation is the ceremony that marks your formal admission to the University. It is a statutory requirement of the University that all students are required to matriculate or incorporate as members of the University at the beginning of their course. Please see University website for details. Visiting Students required to matriculate are Erasmus students taking the Diploma in Legal Studies or the MSt in Modern Languages, and Maximilianeum students. Notre Dame, Amherst and WISC students do not matriculate.

The majority of students matriculate but, under an ancient arrangement, graduate students of Cambridge University and Trinity College, Dublin are permitted to incorporate their Cambridge or Trinity College, Dublin degrees, so long as they are pursuing a prescribed course of study at Oxford University. If you fall into this category, and would like to incorporate, please send a copy of your graduation certificate to Felicity Reeves in the Academic Office.

The main matriculation ceremony is on the Saturday of Week 1 of Michaelmas Term (in 2017/18, this is Saturday 14 October at 9.30am), and instructions are sent to newcomers before they come to Oxford, and again before the ceremony itself. Your matriculation is a celebratory event, where you will get to take part in one of the most famous Oxford traditions. A College year group photo will be taken to commemorate the occasion, and you will be able to purchase a copy from the photographer.

You will be required to wear academic dress and sub fusc. Gowns may be bought in Oxford from local outfitters. The Head Porter will also have some second-hand gowns for sale in 0th Week of Michaelmas Term.

Leave to matriculate at a later date in the term is only given in exceptional circumstances; please make certain you do not make other arrangements for this day.

There are small matriculation ceremonies at the end of each term to matriculate students who started their course in terms other than Michaelmas Term. Failure to matriculate at a ceremony in the term following that in which you started will forfeit the fees for the term in which you came up and that term will not be counted towards the course. 

Further enquiries should be directed to the Student Services & Events Administrator, Felicity Reeves: student.services@new.ox.ac.uk